WEATHER AND EARTHLY PHENOMENON THESAURUS

WIND



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HELPFUL TIP:

Don’t be afraid to pair weather conditions with your setting choice to contrast or reinforce a character’s emotions. Hopelessness might be mirrored in the relentless drizzle of rain and the resulting heavy drag of one’s clothes; alternatively, this feeling can stand out in stark contrast to sunlight dancing over fresh snow. Can weather also provide symbolism, thereby enriching the reader’s experience? Think about your goal for the scene and the mood you are trying to create, and then layer your description with meaningful choices.
SIGHT:
Clouds drifting or racing across the sky
Trees swaying and leaves fluttering
Grasses that bend and nod
Dead leaves sliding across the pavement
A flapping grocery bag caught on a branch
Loose flower petals blowing loose and coming to a stop in a tangle of tall grass
Debris being pushed and rolled
Hair being tossed and tangled
Dust being blown on the wind
Ocean waves churning into a storm
Sand blowing
Snow drifting across a street

SMELLS:
Wind has no smell of its own but carries the scents present in the environment: brine, wood smoke, pollution, freshly turned soil, rain, apple blossoms, a dumpster, etc.

TASTES:
Particles carried on the wind, such as dirt, rain, sand, or snow

TEXTURES AND SENSATIONS:
Hair whipping one's face
Chapped lips and dry skin
Forcing one's eyes to a squint to keep them from drying out
Pant cuffs fluttering against one's ankles
Clothing flapping and ruffling against one's body
Wind-tossed leaves and trash bumping against one's shoes 
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SOUNDS:
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REINFORCING A MOOD:
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SYMBOLISM:
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COMMON CLICHÉS:
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WEATHER NOTES:
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SCENARIOS FOR ADDING CONFLICT OR TENSION:
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